The Weird Circle

Copyright 2017, J. David Goldin

These are all the examples of this program in the radioGOLDINdex database. These listings are accurate as of April 29, 2017. The programs are listed chronologically, partial dates appear first, unknown dates appear last.


3038. The Weird Circle. July 8, 1943. Program #1. RCA/NBC syndication. "The Fall Of The House Of Usher". Commercials added locally. The classic tale of a brother and sister fighting over possession of a single soul. A note about the dates and program numbers indicated: The dates are based on the first broadcasts on WGN, Chicago. Apparently these programs, released on transcriptions in syndication, were pressed several times, with varying program numbers indicated. One set of transcriptions was labeled "RCA," another set was labeled "NBC Orthacoustic." To avoid confusion and a "Weird Circle" of disinformation, the program numbers are taken from information on the syndication discs and have little or no relation to the indicated dates on WGN. The dates that described as"approximate" or "deduced" may be incorrect by several months. Edgar Allan Poe (author). 1/2 hour. Audio condition: Very good. Complete.

3037. The Weird Circle. July 15, 1943. Program #2. RCA/NBC syndication. "The House and The Brain". Commercials added locally. An evil spirit kept alive 400 years haunts a house and murders the old woman living there. Edward Bulwer-Lytton (author). 25 minutes. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

13253. The Weird Circle. July 22, 1943. Program #5. RCA/NBC syndication. "Declared Insane". Commercials added locally. Based on the story "Interdiction," by Honore de Balzac. A story of the justice of French "Justice." Honore de Balzac (author). 24:56. Audio condition: Excellent. Otherwise complete.

1982. The Weird Circle. July 29, 1943. Program #6. RCA/NBC syndication. "A Terribly Strange Bed". Commercials added locally. A horrifying story about a sadistic fat man who enjoys squeezing people to death. Wilkie Collins (author). 25:14. Audio condition: Excellent. Otherwise complete.

11189. The Weird Circle. August 5, 1943. Program #4. RCA/NBC syndication. "Narrative Of Arthur Gordon Pym". Commercials added locally. An interesting story about a mad sea captain and mutiny aboard a whaler. Edgar Allan Poe (author). 25 minutes. Audio condition: Excellent. Otherwise complete.

4420. The Weird Circle. August 12, 1943. Program #3. RCA/NBC net syndication. "The Vendetta". Commercials added locally. The transcription is marked as an audition show. The tragic story of the old Italian custom of, "an eye for an eye" which causes a father to kill his own daughter. A gory tale with a tragic ending. Honore de Balzac (author). 25 minutes. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

11190. The Weird Circle. August 19, 1943. Program #7. RCA/NBC syndication. "What Was It?". Commercials added locally. An invisible flesh eating monster is captured, but what is it? Fitzjames O'Brien (author). 25 minutes. Audio condition: Excellent. Otherwise complete.

11191. The Weird Circle. August 26, 1943. Program #8. RCA/NBC syndication. "The Knightsbridge Mystery". Commercials added locally. A double murder than never happened, and an idiot in two places at once. Charles Reade (author). 25 minutes. Audio condition: Excellent. Otherwise complete.

11192. The Weird Circle. September 2, 1943. Program #9. RCA/NBC syndication. "The Horla". Commercials added locally. An old man is tormented by an invisible monster. See also cat. #52764. Guy de Maupassant (author). 25 minutes. Audio condition: Excellent. Otherwise complete.

11193. The Weird Circle. September 9, 1943. Program #10. RCA/NBC syndication. "William Wilson". Commercials added locally. A thoroughly rotten bounder and the strange quiet man with the same name who knows it all. Edgar Allan Poe (author). 25 minutes. Audio condition: Excellent. Otherwise complete.

11194. The Weird Circle. September 16, 1943. Program #11. RCA/NBC syndication. "A Passion In The Desert". Commercials added locally. A French soldier deserts and runs off into the desert with a beautiful woman. Honore de Balzac (author). 25 minutes. Audio condition: Excellent. Otherwise complete.

11195. The Weird Circle. September 23, 1943. Program #12. RCA/NBC syndication. "Mateo Falcone". Commercials added locally. An accused murderer runs from the law and into Corsican justice. See also cat #94853. Prosper de Merimee (author). 25 minutes. Audio condition: Excellent. Otherwise complete.

11196. The Weird Circle. September 30, 1943. Program #13. RCA/NBC syndication. "The Man Without A Country". Commercials added locally. The story of the man who gave up America. See cat. #90862. The date is deduced. Edward Everett Hale (author). 25 minutes. Audio condition: Excellent. Otherwise complete.

11197. The Weird Circle. October 7, 1943. Program #14. RCA/NBC syndication. "Dr. Manette's Manuscript". Commercials added locally. The strange charge of an insane dying woman, and its surprising meaning. The date of a subsequent broadcast on WTOP, Washington, D.C. is July 4, 1952. Charles Dickens (author). 25 minutes. Audio condition: Excellent. Otherwise complete.

11201. The Weird Circle. October 14, 1943. Program #7. RCA/NBC syndication. "The Hand". Commercials added locally. A severed hand in a trophy room gets its revenge on the one who cut it off. A subsequent broadcast on WTOP, Washington, D.C. is dated August 1, 1952. Guy de Maupassant (author). 25 minutes. Audio condition: Excellent. Otherwise complete.

11200. The Weird Circle. October 21, 1943. Program #16. RCA/NBC syndication. "Expectations Of An Heir". Commercials added locally. Aunt Moira, the maidenly lady with lots of money, is once again the target for murder. A subsequent broadcast on WTOP, Washington, D.C. took place on July 25, 1952. See also cat. #94877. Samuel Johnson (author). 25 minutes. Audio condition: Very good. Otherwise complete.

11198. The Weird Circle. November 4, 1943. Program #15. RCA/NBC syndication. "The Great Plague". Commercials added locally. A trio of British badguys are up to no good. See cat. #11199 for a broadcast version, see also cat. #94863. Thomas Hood (author). 25 minutes. Audio condition: Very good. Otherwise complete.

11199. The Weird Circle. November 4, 1943. Program #15. NBC net. "The Great Plague". Sponsored by: Tums, Phillips Milk of Magnesia. A trio of British baddies are up to no good. See cat. #11198 for a syndicated transcription version, see also cat. #94863. Thomas Hood (author). 28:56. Audio condition: Very good. Complete.

11202. The Weird Circle. November 11, 1943. Program #18. RCA/NBC syndication. "Jane Eyre". Commercials added locally. The classic about the terrible secret in the attic of the strange house. Charlotte Bronte (author). 25 minutes. Audio condition: Very good. Otherwise complete.

11203. The Weird Circle. November 20, 1943. Program #19. RCA/NBC syndication. "The Murders In The Rue Morgue". Commercials added locally. The classic story of French murder and its surprise ending. Edgar Allan Poe (author). 25 minutes. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Otherwise complete.

11204. The Weird Circle. November 27, 1943. Program #20. RCA/NBC syndication. "The Lifted Veil". Commercials added locally. A maid who likes rat poison, a serum to bring the dead to life, and a premonition of the future. George Eliot (author). 25 minutes. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Otherwise complete.

11205. The Weird Circle. December 4, 1943. Program #21. RCA/NBC syndication. "The 4:15 Express". Commercials added locally. A ghost on the train leads to robbery, and murder. Amelia Edwards (author). 26:42. Audio condition: Excellent. Otherwise complete.

11206. The Weird Circle. December 11, 1943. Program #22. RCA/NBC syndication. "A Terrible Night". Commercials added locally. Two friends lost in the north woods seek shelter in the house of the strange "Joel." William Clark Russell (author). 24:40. Audio condition: Excellent. Otherwise complete.

11207. The Weird Circle. December 18, 1943. Program #23. RCA/NBC syndication. "The Tell-Tale Heart". Commercials added locally. A well-done adaption of the horror classic. Edgar Allan Poe (author). 25:32. Audio condition: Excellent. Otherwise complete.

11208. The Weird Circle. December 25, 1943. Program #24. RCA/NBC syndication. "The Niche Of Doom" ("La Grande Breteche"). Commercials added locally. A jealous husband traps his wife's lover hiding in the closet with a most fiendish plan. The date is deduced. Honore de Balzac (author). 25 minutes. Audio condition: Excellent. Otherwise complete.

11209. The Weird Circle. January 1, 1944. Program #25. RCA/NBC syndication. "The Heart Of Ethan Brand". Commercials added locally. A good story about a thoroughly evil man and his search for the unforgivable sin. Nathaniel Hawthorne (author). 25:32. Audio condition: Excellent. Otherwise complete.

11210. The Weird Circle. January 8, 1944. Program #26. RCA/NBC syndication. "Frankenstein". Commercials added locally. Many, many liberties taken with the original story, but still a classic. Mary Shelley (author). 24:32. Audio condition: Excellent. Otherwise complete.

11211. The Weird Circle. January 15, 1944. Program #27. RCA/NBC syndication. "The Feast Of Red Gauntlet". Commercials added locally. A good ghost story in the Scottish Highlands and a dinner with the dead. Walter Scott. 26:00. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Otherwise complete.

11212. The Weird Circle. February 11, 1944. Program #28. RCA/NBC syndication. "The Murder Of The Little Pig". Commercials added locally. An interesting detective story in which the witness is a little dog. Emile Gaboriau (author). 25:26. Audio condition: Excellent. Otherwise complete.

64357. The Weird Circle. March 24, 1944. Program #29. RCA/NBC syndication. "The Spectre Of Tappington". Commercials added locally. A visitor to an old haunted house is upset when his trousers are stolen each night...by a ghost! What is the secret of the "Oak Room?" The story has a disappointing conclusion. Thomas Ingoldsby (author). 25:10. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Otherwise complete.

64358. The Weird Circle. April 7, 1944. Program #30. RCA/NBC syndication. "The Strange Judgment". Commercials added locally. An honest fisherman and his good wife have an evil son, not worthy of his parents. A judgment must be made! . 25:05. Audio condition: Excellent. Otherwise complete.

11213. The Weird Circle. April 14, 1944. Program #31. RCA/NBC syndication. "Wuthering Heights". Commercials added locally. The classic about the old house on the moor and the dark secrets within. Emily Bronte (author). 28:04. Audio condition: Excellent. Otherwise complete.

11214. The Weird Circle. April 21, 1944. Program #32. RCA/NBC syndication. "Lady Eleanor's Mantle". Commercials added locally. A story of the cloak of the evil and the plague it brings. (the story is also known as, "The Curse Of The Mantle"). Nathaniel Hawthorne (author). 25:30. Audio condition: Excellent. Otherwise complete.

64359. The Weird Circle. April 28, 1944. Program #33. RCA syndication, Canadian aircheck. "The Cask Of Amontillado". Sponsored by: Ogden's Cigarette Tobacco, Ogden's Cut Plug. A tale of treachery and planned revenge. This program may have also been released as, "Short Story." The program was known as, "The Ogden's Playhouse" in Canada. Edgar Allan Poe (author). 30:13. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

64360. The Weird Circle. May 5, 1944. Program #34. RCA syndication, Canadian aircheck. "The Rope Of Hair". Sponsored by: Ogden's Cigarette Tobacco, Ogden's Cut Plug. As a favor to an old friend, a man promises to retrieve a diary from the room in which the friend's wife died. The dead owner of the diary has her own ideas about who's going to get that diary! The program was known as, "The Ogden's Playhouse" in Canada. Guy de Maupassant (author). 29:24. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

11215. The Weird Circle. May 12, 1944. Program #35. RCA/NBC syndication. "Falkland". Commercials added locally. The strange man who learns the secret of eternal life also learns the secret of eternal love. Edward Bulwer-Lytton (author). 25:46. Audio condition: Excellent. Otherwise complete.

11216. The Weird Circle. May 19, 1944. Program #36. RCA/NBC syndication. "Trial For Murder". Commercials added locally. An excellent ghost story about murder and trial and the strange role of the foreman of the jury. Charles Dickens (author), Charles Elster Collins (author). 25 minutes. Audio condition: Excellent. Otherwise complete.

11217. The Weird Circle. May 26, 1944. Program #37. RCA/NBC syndication. "The Werewolf". Commercials added locally. A simple woodland hunter marries a lady with sharp teeth. The date is deduced. Frederick Marryatt (author). 25:30. Audio condition: Excellent. Otherwise complete.

7303. The Weird Circle. June 23, 1944. Program #38. RCA/NBC syndication. "The Old Nurse's Story". Commercials added locally. A narrated tale of the supernatural and revenge. Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell (author). 24:44. Audio condition: Excellent. Otherwise complete.

11218. The Weird Circle. June 30, 1944. Program #39. RCA/NBC syndication. "The Middle Toe Of The Right Foot". Commercials added locally. A duel with knives in a haunted house at night, revenge of the ghost who lives at home. The date is deduced. Ambrose Bierce (author). 26:04. Audio condition: Excellent. Otherwise complete.

11219. The Weird Circle. July 7, 1944. Program #40. RCA/NBC syndication. "The Dream Woman". Commercials added locally. A man's life is beset by tragedy on his birthday every five years. The date is deduced. Wilkie Collins (author). 26:02. Audio condition: Excellent. Otherwise complete.

11220. The Weird Circle. July 14, 1944. Program #41. RCA/NBC syndication. "The Phantom Picture". Commercials added locally. An artist's involvement with murder and a grotesque canvas. Washington Irving (author). 24:40. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Otherwise complete.

11221. The Weird Circle. July 22, 1944. Program #42. RCA/NBC syndication. "The Ghost's Touch". Commercials added locally. A mad scientist has invented a process to kill all pain and is determined to try it out. The date is deduced. See also cat. 88376. Wilkie Collins (author). 26:04. Audio condition: Excellent. Otherwise complete.

11222. The Weird Circle. July 29, 1944. Program #43. RCA/NBC syndication. "The Bell Tower". Commercials added locally. The story of the Italian genius who built the world's most beautiful tower. Herman Melville (author). 25 minutes. Audio condition: Excellent. Otherwise complete.

11223. The Weird Circle. August 1944. Program #44. RCA/NBC syndication. "The Evil Eye". Commercials added locally. One look from the eyes of this chap can kill you--may the horns protect you. The date is approximate. Theophile Gautier (author). 25 minutes. Audio condition: Excellent. Otherwise complete.

11224. The Weird Circle. August 11, 1944. Program #45. RCA/NBC syndication. "A Journal Of The Plague Year". Commercials added locally. A young girl and her lover find romance during the Black Plague in London. The story is also known as, "The Mark Of The Plague." The date is approximate. Daniel Defoe (author). 26:30. Audio condition: Excellent. Otherwise complete.

11225. The Weird Circle. September 1, 1944. Program #46. RCA/NBC syndication. "The Queer Client". Commercials added locally. A man recent freed from debtor's prison sets out to destroy the man who ruined his life. The date is approximate. Charles Dickens (author). 26:16. Audio condition: Excellent. Otherwise complete.

11226. The Weird Circle. September 8, 1944. Program #47. RCA/NBC syndication. "The Burial Of Roger Malvin". Commercials added locally. A man promises to bury his dying friend, but fails to keep his promise. A strange revenge. The date is approximate. Nathaniel Hawthorne (author). 25:54. Audio condition: Excellent. Otherwise complete.

11227. The Weird Circle. September 15, 1944. Program #48. RCA/NBC syndication. "The Fatal Love Potion". Commercials added locally. An old story told in modern terms, with the expected wild ending. The date is approximate. Edward Bulwer-Lytton (author). 25:40. Audio condition: Excellent. Otherwise complete.

11228. The Weird Circle. September 22, 1944. Program #49. RCA/NBC syndication. "Mad Monkton". Commercials added locally. An excellent ghost story; ancient prophesy and the unburied dead. The date is approximate. Wilkie Collins (author). 26:00. Audio condition: Excellent. Otherwise complete.

36559. The Weird Circle. September 29, 1944. Program #50. RCA/NBC syndication. "The Returned". Commercials added locally. Based on "Ligeia," by Edgar Allan Poe. A man's first wife returns from the dead for a horrible revenge. The date is approximate. Edgar Allan Poe (author). 25:40. Audio condition: Excellent. Otherwise complete.

11229. The Weird Circle. October 6, 1944. Program #51. RCA/NBC syndication. "The Executioner". Commercials added locally. The French conquerors impose a strange doom on a noble Spanish family. The date is approximate. See also cat. #94878. Honore de Balzac (author). 26:14. Audio condition: Excellent. Otherwise complete.

6863. The Weird Circle. October 13, 1944. Program #52. RCA/NBC syndication. "Rappacini's Daughter". Commercials added locally. An Italian story of the beautiful girl with the kiss of death. The date is approximate. Nathaniel Hawthorne (author). 26:26. Audio condition: Excellent. Otherwise complete.

11230. The Weird Circle. October 20, 1944. Program #53. RCA/NBC syndication. "The Wooden Ghost". Commercials added locally. The undead of three hundred years seeks only three words of love to free his spirit. The date is approximate. Sheridan Le Fanu (author). 25:24. Audio condition: Excellent. Otherwise complete.

11231. The Weird Circle. October 27, 1944. Program #54. RCA/NBC syndication. "The Last Days Of A Condemned Man". Commercials added locally. A soldier returns home from war to his wife and child, who refuse to recognize him! The date is approximate. Victor Hugo (author). 26:08. Audio condition: Excellent. Otherwise complete.

11232. The Weird Circle. November 3, 1944. Program #55. RCA/NBC syndication. "The Warning". Commercials added locally. An excellent horror story about a strange house and a magic that will kill for jewels. The date is approximate. R. P. Gillies (author). 25:16. Audio condition: Excellent. Otherwise complete.

11233. The Weird Circle. November 10, 1944. Program #56. RCA/NBC syndication. "The Doll". Commercials added locally. A good supernatural story. A doll with a soul is let out of a bottle and will kill for jewels. The date is approximate. Algernon Blackwood (author). 25 minutes. Audio condition: Excellent. Otherwise complete.

11234. The Weird Circle. November 17, 1944. Program #57. RCA/NBC syndication. "The Diamond Lens". Commercials added locally. Schmaltzy production of the classic story. A bit overdone, but worthwhile. The date is approximate. Fitzjames O'Brien (author). 25:28. Audio condition: Excellent. Otherwise complete.

11235. The Weird Circle. November 24, 1944. Program #58. RCA/NBC syndication. "The History Of Dr. John Faust". Commercials added locally. The classic deal with the devil. The date is approximate. Goethe (author). 25 minutes. Audio condition: Excellent. Otherwise complete.

11236. The Weird Circle. December 1, 1944. Program #59. RCA/NBC syndication. "Duel Without Honor". Commercials added locally. An interesting story about "Honor" and the suitor for the hand of a lady. The date is deduced. . 25 minutes. Audio condition: Excellent. Otherwise complete.

11237. The Weird Circle. December 8, 1944. Program #60. RCA/NBC syndication. "The Spectre Bride". Commercials added locally. The ghostess with the mostess gets married. The date is deduced. William Harrison Ainsworth (author). 25 minutes. Audio condition: Excellent. Otherwise complete.

11238. The Weird Circle. December 15, 1944. Program #61. RCA/NBC syndication. "The Tapestry Horse". Commercials added locally. Rotten script, acting likewise. The date is deduced. Edgar Allan Poe (author). 25 minutes. Audio condition: Excellent. Otherwise complete.

11239. The Weird Circle. December 22, 1944. Program #62. RCA/NBC syndication. "The River Man". Commercials added locally. A man returns from a watery grave to come to his daughter in distress. The date is approximate. Frank Lovejoy. 25 minutes. Audio condition: Excellent. Otherwise complete.

11240. The Weird Circle. December 29, 1944. Program #63. RCA/NBC syndication. "The Ancient Mariner". Commercials added locally. Coleridge's famous poem of the sea and of death. The date is deduced. Samuel Taylor Coleridge (author). 26:00. Audio condition: Excellent. Otherwise complete.

13254. The Weird Circle. January 5, 1945. Program #64. RCA/NBC syndication. "The Oblong Box". Commercials added locally. An excellent horror story about an ill-fated ocean voyage and the strange secret of the box on board a drifting longboat. The date is deduced. This program may have also been released for a series titled, "NBC Short Story." Edgar Allan Poe (author). 25:15. Audio condition: Excellent. Otherwise complete.

11241. The Weird Circle. January 12, 1945. Program #65. RCA/NBC syndication. "The Mysterious Bride". Commercials added locally. A young Scotsman rides off to meet his ghostly lover on St. Lawrence's Eve. The standard program opening has been deleted, the story is unaffected. The date is deduced. James Hogg (author). 24:50. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

11242. The Weird Circle. January 19, 1945. Program #66. RCA/NBC syndication. "The Thing In The Tunnel". Commercials added locally. A story based on "The Signalman," by Charles Dickens. What is the message the ghost on the railroad tracks is trying so hard to give? The date is deduced. Charles Dickens (author). 26:00. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Otherwise complete.

11243. The Weird Circle. January 26, 1945. Program #67. RCA/NBC syndication. "The Moonstone". Commercials added locally. A diamond from the head of an Indian god carries the standard curse when stolen. The date is deduced. Wilkie Collins (author). 25:02. Audio condition: Excellent. Otherwise complete.

11244. The Weird Circle. February 2, 1945. Program #68. RCA/NBC syndication. "The Pistol Shot". Commercials added locally. A duel of honor with a strange conclusion. The date is deduced. Prosper de Merimee (author). 25:26. Audio condition: Excellent. Otherwise complete.

11245. The Weird Circle. February 9, 1945. Program #69. RCA/NBC syndication. "The Possessive Dead". Commercials added locally. The foot of a beautiful Egyptian mummy, still alive! (and kicking?) The date is deduced. Theophile Gautier (author). 25:54. Audio condition: Excellent. Otherwise complete.

11246. The Weird Circle. February 16, 1945. Program #70. RCA/NBC syndication. "The Goblet". Commercials added locally. A bride-to-be falls in love with a strange silversmith. The date is approximate. Ludwig Pieck (author). 25:46. Audio condition: Excellent. Otherwise complete.

11247. The Weird Circle. February 23, 1945. Program #71. RCA/NBC syndication. "The Case Of M. Valdemar". Commercials added locally. A physician claims he can prevent death by hypnosis. The date is deduced. Edgar Allan Poe (author). 25:18. Audio condition: Excellent. Otherwise complete.

11249. The Weird Circle. March 1945. Program #73. RCA/NBC syndication. "The Bride Of Death". Commercials added locally. A beautiful woman is fated to marry a dead man. The date is approximate. Joseph Howard Krucher (author). 25:16. Audio condition: Excellent. Otherwise complete.

11248. The Weird Circle. March 1945. Program #72. RCA/NBC syndication. "The Shadow". Commercials added locally. A man's shadow becomes another person and tries to control the man's life. The date is approximate. Hans Christian Andersen (author). 25 minutes. Audio condition: Excellent. Otherwise complete.

7304. The Weird Circle. March 2, 1945. Program #74. RCA/NBC syndication. "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde". Commercials added locally. The classic split personality. The date is approximate. Robert Louis Stevenson (author). 25 minutes. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Otherwise complete.

11250. The Weird Circle. March 9, 1945. Program #75. RCA/NBC syndication. "The Red Hand". Commercials added locally. A woman and her maid are threatened with death and chased throughout France by her murdering husband. The date is deduced. Arthur Machen (author). 25:02. Audio condition: Excellent. Otherwise complete.

11251. The Weird Circle. March 16, 1945. Program #76. RCA/NBC syndication. "The Haunted Hotel". Commercials added locally. A man returns to Venice and the scene of his brother's murder. The date is deduced. Wilkie Collins (author). 25:26. Audio condition: Excellent. Otherwise complete.

11252. The Weird Circle. March 23, 1945. Program #77. RCA/NBC syndication. "Markheim". Commercials added locally. A weak-willed man is lead to theft and murder by his inner voice. The date is deduced. Robert Louis Stevenson (author). 25:34. Audio condition: Excellent. Otherwise complete.

11253. The Weird Circle. March 30, 1945. Program #78. RCA/NBC syndication. "Black Parchment". Commercials added locally. The owner's wishes are granted as the parchment gets smaller and smaller. The last show of the series. . 25:54. Audio condition: Excellent. Otherwise complete.

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